This Chess set was assembled soon after Lego introduced the bulk brick bags in their shop@home catalog.
The bulk bags of black & white tiles begged a chess set. Instead of making a flat board, each square has a depression in its center, keeping the piece in place - See close up image below.
The board design was my father's. I designed the pieces sometime later.
Here are some images of the pieces:
The Queen uses one of the older flowers for the top, which, sadly, Lego does not make in black.
The Pawn uses a plain mini figure head. when I originally designed it, white mini-figure heads did not exist except with a skull pattern. Luckily, not long after, Lego came out with an International Space Station set which included them.
The Knight took by far the most time to design. The design I eventually came up with was derived from the horses found in an old yellow Castle Set, which was made before the modern Lego horse was introduced. I took the design for the head, and remade the neck to bend around to the base.
Quoting Porc Chops
i was trying to get a good look at it but i can't quite tell so i'll ask. ;] You mentioned the queen had the white flower atop the piece, so what does the black queen have instead? a 2x2 flat round?
Yes, it is (from bottom up) 1x1 round plate (x2), 2x2 round plate, 1x1 round plate.